TEMPE, Ariz. Within a span of six weeks last October and November, Scott Cousins went from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays to the Seattle Mariners to the Los Angeles Angels, all without summoning a moving truck to his San Francisco home.
What a long or is that short? strange trip it's been for the player best known for crushing Giants catcher Buster Posey in a collision at the plate that resulted in season-ending injuries a broken fibula and torn ankle ligaments for Posey in May 2011.
Three times after finishing the season with the Marlins, Cousins was designated for assignment, and three times he was picked up by another club. Now, the left-handed-hitting outfielder is in spring training with the Angels, one of numerous players fighting for bench spots.
"It's the worst thing ever to be taken off a roster and the greatest feeling ever to be added to a roster," Cousins, 28, said.
Cousins, who has good speed, a strong arm and can play three outfield spots, spent parts of the past three seasons in Florida, batting .183 in 128 games, with two home runs and nine RBIs.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean called the 2011 collision with Posey "malicious" and said he didn't blame Posey for refusing to return Cousins' call to apologize.
"If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy," Sabean said at the time.
Cousins chalked up the comments to heat-of-the-moment sentiments. He has since spoken to Sabean, but he has not spoken to Posey since the collision.
"He's moved on, just like I did that was two years ago; it's behind me," Cousins said. "We both understand this is a man's game, and we're going to play like men."
Yankees After breaking his ankle in the American League Championship Series, Derek Jeter had a miserable offseason he would rather forget.
"Absolutely terrible," Jeter said Sunday, the spring-training reporting day for New York's position players. "I was stuck on the couch for a good five, six weeks where I couldn't really move around too much. I had a little scooter to move around. It was not fun."
The 38-year-old veteran shortstop expects to be ready for Opening Day.
Braves Eight-time All-Star Chipper Jones, who retired after last season, reported to camp as a special instructor.